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Abta extends Refund Credit Note deadline to end of May
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Abta has extended the deadline for issuing refund credit notes for non-flight package holidays cancelled due to Covid-19 until May 31.The travel association ...

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Advantage seals discount deal with Covid-19 PCR test firm
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The Advantage Travel Partnership has launched a partnership with a Covid-19 testing specialist which enables the consortium’s members to give discount codes to ...

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The Travel Network Group urges customers to ‘Love Local, Book Local’
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The Travel Network Group has launched a marketing campaign called ‘Love Local, Book Local’ to help members encourage holidaymakers to book with independent ...

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US adds UK to ‘Do Not Travel’ list
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The US State Department has strengthened its travel warning against the UK to ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ because of Covid-19.This is the highest travel ...

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Clia unveils first new-to-expedition cruise guide for agents
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Clia, the cruise trade body, has launched its first new-to-expedition cruise guide for travel agents.The guide was officially launched during the Clia Virtual ...

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‘We have to be absolutely certain’ to restart travel, says transport secretary
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The transport secretary has warned the public “will not thank” the tourism sector if a restart of international travel halts domestic easing of Covid ...

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Uneven vaccine roll-out to ‘restrict recovery in Europe’, says Iata
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Iata has revised its forecast for the recovery of global air traffic and now expects passenger traffic to reach 43% of the 2019 level over the course of this ...

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Learn the latest theme park safety measures
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Find out what safety measures theme parks are putting in place to keep their visitors safe, writes Natalie Marsh.Click here to download and save as a PDF.A ...

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Q&A: Tracey Radford, Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Jersey Uncovered
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Specialising in historical tours, guide Tracey Radford tells Katie McGonagle what makes Jersey so special.Click here to download and save as a PDF.Q. What ...

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Five of the best Shakespeare stays
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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday this week with Laura French’s pick of locations that inspired him.Click here to download and save as a PDF1. ...

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UK cruising: Who is sailing where this summer?
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As many cruise lines have announced domestic cruises this summer, Laura French rounds up who is sailing where.Click here to download and save as a PDF.From ...

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Seabourn to resume Caribbean sailings in July
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Seabourn is to deploy Seabourn Odyssey in the Caribbean this summer as it continues its resumption plans.Seven-day sailings out of Barbados will be offered on ...

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Marella Cruises takes ‘hundreds of bookings’ on first day of sale
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Marella Cruises has reported buoyant demand for its domestic voyages just days after they went on sale on April 16.On April 15, it confirmed that Marella ...

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Marella boss: ‘It’s a  positive step that we can restart our operations’
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Marella Cruises’ Chris Hackney speaks to Lucy Huxley

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Prime minister insists he is ‘not opposed to aviation’
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The prime minister has insisted he is “not opposed to aviation” and believes the sector can find a way “to fly in a clean, green way”.Speaking at an evening ...

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PM defends timing of India red list decision
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The prime minister has deflected criticism about the government putting India on the travel red list, saying the decision was taken by the independent Joint ...

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India added to UK’s travel ‘red list’
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India has been added to the UK’s red list of travel destinations, with ten-day hotel quarantine restrictions to be introduced from 4am on Friday.Anyone who is ...

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Not Just Travel promotes Cherie Richards to chief of staff
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Not Just Travel has appointed Cherie Richards to a wider role at the homeworking group under the new position of chief of staff.The company said the move gives ...

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Partner content: Lockdown is lifting, but travel marketing still needs lift-off
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Chris Woodward, managing director of Oliver Group, shares trends and insights that put customer experience at the heart of brands’ post-pandemic recoveryThe ...

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Flybe collapse left debts of up to £789 million
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The collapse of Flybe Group left debts of up to £789 million, according to administrators.The regional airline collapsed in March 2020, but is due to be reborn ...

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Belfast City airport opens Covid-19 test centre
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George Best Belfast City Airport has opened its Covid-19 testing facility.The centre has been purpose-built and will offer PCR and antigen tests in partnership ...

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Abta calls for ‘early statement’ on ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries
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Abta has called for “an early statement” from the government on the countries on the green list for restarting travel under the new traffic light system.And ...

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Operator warns of business slump without Covid testing cost cuts
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The majority of Great Rail Journeys customers believe the cost of Covid tests to travel abroad should be under £50.And more than half of those asked think the ...

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Aida Cruises to offer Greek itineraries this summer
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German cruise line Aida Cruises is to sail 23 seven-day voyages in Greece from May to October.Aida vessel Aidaperla has been operating sailings round the ...

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Delta reports ‘accelerating recovery’ despite $1.5bn quarterly loss
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Delta Air Lines recorded a pre-tax loss of $1.5 billion for the three months to March but reported a return to cash generation last month.The losses at Delta ...

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Your Stories: Adam Silgram Franks on plans to build LGBTQ+ specialist agency Sashay Away Travel
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Adam Silgram Franks, managing director of LGBTQ+ specialist Sashay Away Travel hopes to build his business by creating a team of people who share his vision. ...

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Disney Cruise Line to put UK sailings on sale April 30
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Disney Cruise Line is due to put its UK sailings this summer on sale on April 30.The recently-announced Disney Magic at Sea itineraries will depart from ...

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Malta launches over-50s training for agents
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The Malta Tourism Authority has created an agent training course to help boost bookings to the island from the over-50s market.The course features four lessons ...

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Air France cautious on restart and warns of lack of coordination
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The restart of travel in Europe could be delayed by variants of the Covid-19 virus and by a lack of cross-border coordination by governments, the head of Air ...

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UK-US air travel ‘should lead’ re-opening of travel
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Transatlantic traffic between the UK and US should “lead the way in opening up” travel, with the rest of Europe to follow the “template” of the system between ...

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EasyJet chief ‘not confident’ EU can deliver green certificate by June
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EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren has questioned how coordinated travel’s restart will be around Europe and how quickly the EU and UK will introduce ...

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EasyJet chief ‘not confident’ EU can deliver green certificate by June
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EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren has questioned how coordinated travel’s restart will be around Europe and how quickly the EU and UK will introduce ...

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UK travel taskforce plan ‘onerous’ says British Airways chief
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The UK Global Travel Taskforce plan to restart international travel is “onerous” and the government “needs to be more ambitious”, according to the head of ...

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Hotel construction in Europe defies Covid-19 surge
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Europe led the world in the return of hotel construction activity in March despite a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to hospitality data analyst ...

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Advantage reports strong balance sheet despite headline loss
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Advantage Travel Centres has highlighted the strength of its balance sheet despite recording a loss of £1.47 million for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The ...

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Brand USA to host virtual trade event
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Destination marketing body Brand USA it to host a free two-day virtual training event for agents next week.The first day of the Focus On UK & Ireland event ...

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Scientists question vaccine certification on WTTC panel
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A panel of scientists has outlined the difficulties of rolling out a vaccination certificate recognised globally as inoculation rates steadily increase around ...

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Agent Diary: ‘Hold tight for summer – I suspect it’s going to be a bumpy ride’
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We’ve had a strong month and reopened our store, but travel can’t endure another summer of confusion, says Swords Travel co-director Mark Swords.We’ve just ...

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Abta ‘won’t let up on demands for government support’
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Abta will continue to lead industry calls for sector-specific support from the government despite these appearing to fall on deaf ears.Mark Tanzer, Abta chief ...

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Iata signs testing partnership to boost Travel Pass
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Iata has agreed a partnership with testing provider Eurofins to incorporate its Covid-19 testing network into the Iata Travel Pass certification app.Eurofins ...

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Sri Lanka relaxes entry requirements for vaccinated visitors
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Sri Lanka has relaxed the entry requirements for visitors who have had a vaccination against Covid-19.Tourist board Sri Lanka Tourism confirmed the updated ...

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Tui gears up for tours and activities growth with management changes
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A change at the top of Tui’s tours and activities division Tui Musement will see co-founder Alessandro Petazzi take an advisory role.A more functional set-up ...

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Scottish agency division wins Lufthansa global top performer accolade
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An arm of a Scottish travel management company has been named a global top performer.In2Scotland, the inbound travel arm of The Travel Company Edinburgh, ...